Aquaman has gotten the short shrift ever since the Super Friends. The butt of endless jokes, he's the Justice League's equivalent of Hawkeye or the blue Power Ranger. Even though he has to keep watch over 70% of the world, he still gets guff from most every land-walking peon.
Being the monarch of the seas is a thankless job. In order to improve Aquaman's pitiful reputation, we've compiled a list of his most impressive and heroic feats. Try making fun of him after this.
5. Feeding a swarm of hungry piranhas with his own hand
Arthur Curry has a deep connection with all of the aquatic life in his domain. He fights for their environment and their livelihood, and in return, all sea creatures treat Aquaman with the utmost respect. Which is why a a pack of peckish piranhas, upon seeing their majesty's hand in the water, took it upon themselves to accept his gracious offer of a tasty meal at a five-finger discount.
It takes a big man to sacrifice his own flesh to his subordinates. Even though a supervillain had taken away Aquaman's ability to directly communicate with sea life, there was a mutual understanding between both parties. The bond between Arthur Curry and his subjects is so strong that he didn't need to say anything, because his message was clear: "Devour my entire appendage so I can put a sweet hook on it later."
Aquaman's generosity doesn't stop there. Later, he enlists the help of his friend and carpool buddy Black Manta in order to gives up his hand to the ocean yet again.
Don't mistake that text bubble for a shriek that represents the anguish of a horrible yet familiar fate -- "AARHHH" actually stands for "Are Area Animals Ready for Hot Hand Hoagies?"
4. Donating his powers to Jimmy Olsen
When you ask anyone what superpower they wish they could have, super-strength, and flight always come second to "the ability to swim rapidly and command all sea creatures!" One lucky guy was granted his heart's desire by Superman, who explains Aquaman is helping out on "some distant watery world" and wanted to ensure that Earth's oceans were kept safe by someone responsible and mentally competent. Since everyone else who ever lived wouldn't return the Justice League's texts, that duty fell to Daily Planet photographer and paint-chip enthusiast Jimmy Olsen.
While the real deal was out of town, Jimmy discovered that patrolling 139 million square miles of the world's surface area wasn't as fun as he thought it would be. For one, he found that sea monsters are numerous and prone to leaping out of icebergs to terrorize humans. As you can see in the third panel above, some of them also have a thing for redheads.
As with most Jimmy Olsen stories, this one ended with two large sea monsters sealing a small sea monster into a smaller iceberg. Jimmy learned two important lessons from his time as the surrogate Sea King: the best way to be Aquaman is sort of flail around and do nothing until the problem solves itself; and more importantly, there's nothing wrong with a man comfortable with his sexuality being carried in the lap of Superman.